Mayor & Council
The Council is the legislative branch of the Town government, with the power to enact and enforce all ordinances and resolutions. Including the Mayor, there are seven (7) members of the Council. The Mayor serves as Chairperson of the Council, and is recognized as the head of the town government for all ceremonial purposes, by the court for serving civil process, and by the Governor for the purpose of military and emergency law. The Mayor is elected at-large for a two-year term. The six (6) remaining members of the Council are elected by Ward for a two-year term.
The Council acts as a body by ordinance, resolution or motion. The Council adopts and may alter the annual budget and confirms the Mayor's appointments. The Council is responsible for the appropriation and issuance of bonds, the awarding of contracts and the approval of Town expenditures over $20,000. The Council determines its own rules of procedure, and its meetings are open to the public.